By Framingham State athletics
WORCESTER – The Framingham State University football team closed the regular season Saturday, with a 40-21 victory on the road over Worcester State University in Massachusetts State Collegiate Athletic Conference (MASCAC) action at Coughlin Field in Worcester
Framingham State finishes the regular season undefeated in the Conference at 8-0.
Framingham State started out 0-2 but ends the regular season at 8-2.
Worcester State ends its season at 3-7 overall.
INSIDE THE NUMBERS:
- Framingham State gained 358 yards on the ground and 628 total yards to 254 for Worcester, just 48 of which were rushing yards.
- Bookie McBean Jr. ran for 168 yards and two touchdowns, adding three catches for 58 yards. Devaun Ford tallied 128 yards on 12 carries and found the end zone twice. McBean also caught three passes for 58 yards, while Ford caught three for 31.
- Nicolas Goffredo completed 25-42 for 266 yards for the Rams, while Aaron Moses-Williams, Melike Shabo and Mike Loveless combined for 206 yards on 16-36.
- Isaiah Hanks was the Rams leading receiver with 10 catches for 84 yards, while EJ Nichols had five catches for 59..
- Ke’Vaughn Davis had seven catches for the Lancers for 132 yards and a score.
- Noah Peterson led the Lancer defense with 16 tackles, a forced fumble, and 4 pass breakups.
- The Rams were led by Anthony Behonick and Joshua Onujiogu each with seven tackles. Together they combined for 1.5 of Framingham’s three sacks, three tackles for a loss, and one forced fumble.
HOW IT HAPPENED:
- The Rams took advantage of several miscues by the Lancers to take and then extend their lead in the first half. They got on the board in the final minute of the first quarter on a safety when the snap for a Worcester State punt went through the back of the end zone.
- On the ensuing possession, the Rams went eight plays and 56 yards over 2:52, capping the scoring drive on a Ford one-yard rush.
- That was the first of three rushing touchdowns in the second quarter for the Rams. Nichols scored from four yards out with 2:26 to play at the end of a 16-play drive that went 80 yards and lasted 6:59.
- A Worcester State fumble recovered by Framingham’s Jamal Williams gave the Rams the ball in Lancer territory again before the half, and they punched it in with :35 left on a 2-yard run by McBean. McBean was on his way to a 100-yard game with 81 first-half yards.
- Davis found the end zone for the Lancers team-leading 13th time, catching a 45-yard pass from Loveless in the fourth quarter.
- Dylan McLaughlin added a 13-yard catch and run for his first career touchdown with a minute remaining.
UP NEXT: The Rams earned the MASCAC’s automatic bid to the 2021 NCAA Division III Football Championship with match ups being announced Sunday at 5:30 p.m. on NCAA.com.